Okay, it looks like we’ve piqued your interest. That’s great. But now you’ve probably got a lot of questions.

What will my recovery be like? How long before I can get back to my life? And what exactly will I be doing to my body? (And probably a few others, too.)

All of the answers to those questions and more are in this section. To start, you should know that the LAP-BAND® System procedure is minimally invasive, typically done as an outpatient procedure in less than an hour, and has a recovery time of about a week.1




The LAP-BAND® System has become even better with the introduction of the new Rapidport® EZ Access Port and Port Applier. Ask your doctor for more information.




Okay, now the big question: What does the LAP-BAND® System actually do? It’s really a pretty simple concept. The LAP-BAND® System reduces your stomach’s capacity, restricting the amount of food you are able to eat at one time.1

That simply means you feel full faster and stay full longer. It’s an effective way to gradually lose weight and keep it off long-term.




The procedure is performed laparoscopically. That basically means that a tiny camera allows the surgeon to see inside your body as he or she performs the procedure.1 Only a few very small incisions are made in the abdomen (about 1.5-2.5 cm each). The band is placed around your stomach using long, thin instruments.

The LAP-BAND® System procedure is usually done on an outpatient basis2 and the surgery itself typically takes less than an hour.1 When the procedure is performed in an inpatient setting, the hospital stay is generally less than one day.2 In most cases, you’ll get back to your life in about a week

Adjustments to optimize the system are made through a discrete, comfortable access port that is placed just beneath the skin.

Explore the LAP-BAND® System device below or view an animation of the LAP-BAND®System procedure by  clicking here .



Remember, this is your health—and your body—that we’re talking about. You only get one. And since not all weight loss centers are the same, it’s very important that you go to a LAP-BAND® System Specialist for your surgery.

Use the LAP-BAND® System Specialist locator or call 1-800-LAPBAND to find a qualified Specialist near you who can provide honest, expert advice and high-quality aftercare

*The Bariatric Outcomes Longitudinal Database™ (BOLD™) was developed to help ensure ongoing compliance with the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence (BSCOE) program and develop general knowledge about optimal bariatric surgery practices. This analysis of the BOLD™ database includes data from 57,918 patients.

The American College of Surgeons Bariatric Surgery Center Network (ACS-BSCN) database was developed as part of the ACS-BSCN accreditation program. This analysis of the ACS database includes data from 28,616 patients.

What is the LapBand

Diet, exercise and weight loss medications are still the most widely recommended modalities for overweight persons to lose weight. Unfortunately, although somewhat effective in the short term, these methods virtually never provide morbidly obese patients with permanent, significant weight loss. Only with permanent, significant weight loss can morbidly obese patients extend their lives, diminish medical problems and improve quality of life. This type of weight loss is typically only achieved through surgery.

The Lap-Band operation is the safest and least invasive surgical option for weight loss today. The surgery is performed with instruments placed through small incisions in the abdominal wall and typically takes an hour or less to perform. There is no stapling across the stomach or small intestine, or gastrointestinal bypass so digestion occurs normally. The procedure is adjustable and fully reversible if needed. Patients typically spend one night in the hospital and are discharged the next day. Most patients will return to work and essentially full activity one week after surgery.

The Lap-Band device allows patients to eat less and feel full sooner, giving them a tool to control their hunger and finally achieve their goal of significant, lasting weight loss. The Bariatric Program of Des Peres Hospital was started by Dr. Minkin in 2004 and since then, has grown into a fully integrated, multidisciplinary program recognized by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. We are proud of our many successes and will always remain committed to the safe, comprehensive and compassionate care of our patients for the years to come.

  • Type II diabetes
  • Heart disease and high blood pressure
  • Sleep apnea and hypoventilation
  • Joint pain and arthritis
  • Kidney failure
  • Hormonal abnormalities

“Perioperative Safety in the Longitudinal Assessment of Bariatric Surgery” by the Longitudinal Assessment of Bariatric Surgery (LABS) Consortium; N Engl J Med 2009;361:445-54.

Key findings include:

  • National Institutes of Health (NIH) study found the risks of bariatric surgery have dropped dramatically and now are no greater than gallbladder or hip replacement surgery
  • Risks are lower than the longer-term risk of dying from heart disease, diabetes and other consequences of carrying more weight than a person’s organs can tolerate
  • At 30 days post-surgery, researchers found the mortality rate among patients who underwent a Roux-en-Y gastric bypass or laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding to be 0.3 percent, and a total of 4.3 percent of patients had at least one major adverse outcome
  • This data should support a higher level of confidence in bariatric surgery among primary care doctors
  • An accompanying editorial stated: “Surgery is safe, effective and affordable” because it can lower the number of doctor visits, medication use and other medical expenses

Our Program Team

When investigating bariatric surgery programs, look for those programs that take a multidisciplinary, fully integrated approach to the care of their patients. All members of our “Program Team” have undergone specific training and education regarding the care of the bariatric patient. At Des Peres Hospital, several of the nurses caring for the bariatric patients have undergone surgery by Dr. Minkin themselves and understand their patient’s postoperative experience firsthand.